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Subject: Rocky Mountain Dead
I jumped on this short tour in Red Rocks and they were still talking about this show. I have to first say that these matrixs' really are the thing for '83 shows. Healy was using the old beta tapes and they always sounded way too hissy for my taste, this is the perfect marriage.
As for the show I think it has moments of brilliance and some rough spots.
I have to say that the RRB is KILLER!!! It may be one of the best ever. They are just styling on it and it sounds great, Phil is driving it along so well. The LL Rain is epic and then a ragin' Deal is a sweet ending.
The Help> Slip> Franklin's is aliitle messy to start and the Slip knot! is ok compared to other versions they played this year. They seem to regroup by the final chorus of Franklin's and really end the song strongly.
The one they played two nights later is WAY more happening!
The Estimated> Eyes is a real high light and played very well.I think the Eyes is the better of the two.
Post space the Black Peter> GDTRFB is HUGE and as mention before the Sugar Mag ending is a big opps but they do recover for SSDD.
The Baby Blue, like so many they played this year, is simply stunning. It ranks up there as one of the best they played. My personal all time favorite is 4/22/83
Hunter I would love to see the follwoing shows added to your list of future matrixs'.
This Love Each Other has always been one of the trophy Garcia Solo's that epitomizes his style and ability to punch through the rythmn. I'll never forget watching him do this guitar work and standing opened mouthed at amazement during this show.
Subject: one of my favorite shows
this show rocks, every song seems to find a jam or two
phil is on basting the audience with bombs and
Jerry playing is unique, extended and bluesey jams.
wang dang is jammed out
one of the finer jack straws (see 11-25-79)
minglewood is a highlight
brown eyed women is super fast
this beyer audence has been a wonderful fob audience source which I found a 1st gen cassette long long ago. I played the tape out to be honest and just always loved this show.
It just got better with this matrix
Subject: Thanks Hunter
This matrix improves on its two sources, the fob gives life to the flat sbd and the sbd dampens the pavilion-echo of the fob and enhances instrument separation.
One of the better shows of 1983, Garcia is on fire from beginning to end as the rest of the band try to keep up. The pace is frantic and the playing is edgy and reckless. Some typical 1983 sloppiness does come through, the most glaring is the end of the Sugar Mag jam when the break is mistimed resulting in an unfortunate train wreck. Notwithstanding this, if you like your Dead full speed, kicking-ass, this show and this recording will hand your brain matter back to you on a platter.
Subject: love this show
One of the high pinots of a long touring career. Place was half empty and my buddy got thrown out during the 3rd song, but had a great time anyway. Truly great playing for the era.